Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Furever Home: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Rescue cats available for adoption

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It provided cats with a soft, comfortable place to lie.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Barry (first two photos) is a senior, FeLV-positive cat who is always looking for a soft place on which to lay his weary bones. These mats will be placed around the foster home for him and his other buddies to use while awaiting their furever homes. Meet Barry here.

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter: Bar Dog Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Spay and neuter funding to help fill a gap between a contracted veterinarian and a full-time, in-house veterinarian.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to spay and neuter 11 animals with these funds. These animals then either were returned to or adopted into their forever homes, or transferred to our partner no-kill, high-adoption-rate shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

11

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Quincy (first photo) was one of four puppies who were brought to us. These giant and fluffy puppies were so adorable, they found their forever homes quickly. Thanks to this grant, Quincy was able to be neutered and head to his forever home. Since finishing the grant, all of Quincy’s siblings have been adopted and are also heading home.

Cow (second photo) was picked up as a stray, unaltered, and brought to Stray Hearts, but this cutie wasn’t here for long before she found her forever home. We were able to use this grant money to get her altered and into her new home.

Tyson's Place Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet grant was used for the care of Agnes, a 20-year-old cat who was in our rescue.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our rescue specifically assists terminally ill people with finding new families for their pets. Agnes’s owner had severe health conditions that meant long-term hospitalization. We picked up Agnes from her home and brought her into our rescue. Because of our specialized mission, we often take in senior animals, but at the age of 20, Agnes was one of our oldest animals ever.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Agnes came into our rescue at the age of 20 as her owner was too ill to continue to care for her. Although Agnes was spayed, she hadn’t received regular veterinary care, so we did full blood work, a fecal and urine check, and vaccinations, along with a microchip. This grant helped cover her veterinary care. Agnes is remarkably healthy for her age and after another appointment for a booster vaccination, she was ready for adoption. A woman with a love for senior cats saw her posted on Petfinder, and Agnes was officially adopted a few months ago.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

To help pay for spay/neuter, vaccinations, and medical care for dogs and cats arriving to our foster-home program from shelters prior to adoption.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant of $625 helped to pay for spay/neuter surgeries.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 dogs

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lady arrived from an overcrowded large shelter in Texas where she didn’t have much chance of being adopted. She’s 7 years old, a large dog, and wasn’t attracting the attention of potential adopters. Lady came to Colorado on a transport and was spayed while in foster care. She was adopted soon after her arrival and is happily settled in her new home in Denver, Colorado.

Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Texas storm hit us hard and we had unexpected expenses that the $2,500 Disaster Grant funds were used for:

Heat lamps
Propane heaters
Electric heaters
Propane gas to run the heaters
Extreme electric bill
Kennel supplies — Water jugs to go get water when the water was cut off in our area, buckets to distribute the water, blankets, straw.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant was extremely beneficial for us to meet the extra expenses required due to the storm. We in Texas have never experienced this type of cold weather and your generosity helped us keep the animals warm and meet their basic needs despite the conditions. Rolling power outages and no water were devastating, but propane heaters, propane gas, jugs, and buckets provided just what was needed. Blankets, too, were much appreciated!

How many pets did this grant help?

66 dogs and puppies

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Luna came to us from her owner, who was threatening to dump her in the lake if we did not take her. She had no hair and was suffering with extreme mange, but she did not deserve to die. The first photo is her intake photo. We began medicating her, but when the cold weather hit, she was especially vulnerable. She not only thrived, but grew her hair back and found a very special forever home (third photo)! Thank you for your generosity! You made a difference in so many lives!

Jackson (fourth photo) was also a resident during these tough times. Every dog at the rescue benefitted from your support, but we share Jackson’s story because he also got a forever home thanks to Petfinder!

Canine Castaways Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are being used to entertain our castaways who are awaiting their forever homes.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped us to receive the Kong toys as a gift rather than purchasing. The money saved was then used for medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

As a primarily small-dog rescue, we do not typically have larger dogs and as a result we do not have toys or supplies for larger dogs. Macey was adopted from us as puppy and then returned to us as a senior pit bull. Her dad passed away from a heart attack as he was preparing to take her for a walk. She was very upset with the EMS personnel and her mom did not feel that she could have handled such a strong dog. Macey had to be kenneled with us because we do not have large-dog foster homes. She was very stressed upon her return. Thankfully, we had large Kongs available for her thanks to this grant. After some time, Macey adjusted and has since been adopted to a loving home!

San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The funds will be used for veterinary expenses. We take in old dogs who need our help before they find homes.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Veterinary expenses for old dogs waiting for homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We had Moe (first photo) for four years. No one wanted him because he didn’t like other dogs. He was 10 years old when he found an awesome home. He came to us because his owner had committed suicide. The local sheriff was going to shoot Moe if we didn’t take him. We take ALL dogs: old, crippled, aggressive, fearful! They ALL get loving homes. We are 100% no-kill except when a dog is suffering.

We also have Taylor (second photo), a 10-year-old German shepherd. He lived in a back yard all his life and had dug a hole for shelter. He has bad hip dysplasia. He is SO affectionate and loving! He is still waiting for a home. Meet Taylor here.

PetEmber Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The total amount of the grant is being used for the adoption preparation of Bonito, Apollo, Victor, Daisy, Princess, and Angel.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant covered the medical bills of rescued dogs such as Bonito, for his rectal surgery; Apollo, for his hernia and eye-removal surgeries; Angel, for her hind leg cut operation; and Daisy, for her punctured-lung surgery; as well as the grooming of Princess, Victor, and Bonito.

How many pets did this grant help?

Around 10 animals benefited from the grant.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Apollo is a rescue from San Bernardino, CA. He was owned by a man in a low-income area. The owner of Apollo had a neighbor who fights with him all the time. One day, Apollo escaped to the neighbor’s yard, searching for food. He put his head inside an icebox where the neighbor had some food that was ready to be grilled. When the neighbor realized that Apollo was eating from the icebox, he kicked him in his abdomen and picked up a stick and hit him on his head.

The neighbor’s daughter saw her dad doing this and stopped him from further harming Apollo. Then she contacted Apollo’s owner to ask him take his dog back. The owner was frightened and asked the girl to help him drop Apollo off at a shelter, as he could not afford to treat him. Searching on the Internet, the girl found our contact information and sent us an urgent email.

At that time, Apollo was dying. We immediately took him to an emergency veterinarian. The vet said that Apollo had a lot of blood clots under his skin and a hernia in his abdomen, and the blood supply to one of his eyes was cut off.

The vet suggested treating Apollo with medication for few days before he went into surgery.

After being treated for few days, Apollo went into surgery for his hernia, which was successfully repaired. Two weeks later, he went through a second surgery to remove his injured eye.

Apollo has healed from his surgeries and has been released for adoption. A sincere adopter who found us on Petfinder applied for him and will meet him next week to adopt him.

Cochise Canine Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We spent the $500 toward medical care, in particular to provide Princess with the eye enucleation she needed. To date this year, we have spent more than $16,000 for veterinary care, medicines and prescription diets for the animals in CCR’s care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It enabled us to provide the veterinary care they need!

How many pets did this grant help?

One in particular; a dozen total

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Princess, a senior Chihuahua in our care, went blind and required eye enucleation when her eyes began to swell and cause her pain. The enucleation was performed by Dr. Monika Knoblich of All Creatures Veterinary in Benson, AZ. The cost was over $600. The third photo shows Princess pre-enucleation; the first and second show her during her healing phase. She is doing wonderfully now!

Grand Rivers Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Partially paid for a dog’s surgical removal of a lump.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Helped one more dog get healthy enough to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Juneau and Sitka, two 10-year-old bonded schnauzers, a brother and sister, were surrendered by their elderly owner who was unable to care for them any more. The male, Juneau, had a large lump on his side, which we had surgically removed and sent to the lab for pathology. He went back to his loving foster home to heal and both dogs will be adoptable together after he heals from surgery.